Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

With a memorable victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK Championship on Sunday, Mark Selby earned another £170,000 to help propel an already bulging bank balance.

It’ll be a nice Christmas in the Selby house. Photo credit: World Snooker

The winnings see Selby’s total at the top of the rolling two-year rankings system reach a whopping £994,942.

With just over £5,000 to go, Selby could become the first player to pass the million pound mark since the rankings changed its guise from points to prize money before the 2014/15 campaign.

The next rankings revision takes place after next week’s Scottish Open, meaning with no upcoming points to defend the 33 year-old could surpass the landmark line in Glasgow – should he be in the line-up, that is.

The draw for the third leg of the Home Nations series hasn’t been made yet but, if Selby does feature, a run to the last 16 would suffice to see him pass £1 million.

That Selby is in this position at all is incredible considering the amount of prize money he has collected since May of this year.

In seven months, the ‘Jester’ has emerged triumphant in four ranking events – three of them the most lucrative on the calendar.

World Championship success alongside victories in the UK and International Championships have all helped Selby accumulate a mammoth £701,400 in that spell.

That this is more than what Stuart Bingham, who is in second place in the world rankings, has received since December 2014 in the rolling rankings is all the more incredible.

The two-time Crucible king has stood atop of the rankings table since capturing the 2015 German Masters crown, a sum of money which is set to come off of his total tally at the next revision.

But even if Selby needs to extend his wait into the new year to break the million mark, with nine ranking tournaments left to contest it is more than probable that he will achieve the feat.

Indeed, if Selby’s form continues like it has been, he will be way out in front of the rest of the chasing pack for quite some time to come.

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